The Dutch king and queen on Tuesday began a state visit to Britain that will include full ceremonial honors and a gala banquet.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were welcomed Tuesday morning by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Pavilion at Horse Guards in central London on a brisk fall day.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, centre right, and Prince Charles, right, welcome Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander, centre left and Queen Maxima upon their arrival at Buckingham Palace, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The Dutch king and queen began a state visit to Britain that will include full ceremonial honors. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo via AP)

The king kissed Elizabeth on both cheeks and clasped her hands when they met. Maxima did the same when she greeted Elizabeth.

The carriage for of the ceremonial welcome for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is seen during their ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Pool Photo via AP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May and several senior ministers also attended the welcome ceremony.

Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander, left, walks with Britain’s Prince Charles after inspecting an honour guard during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are on a State Visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall, escorted the Dutch royals from the Dutch embassy to the parade grounds and took part in the horse-drawn carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander bends down to kiss Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she greets him upon his arrival to inspect an honour guard during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are on a State Visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

The queen plans to host a state dinner for her guests at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday evening.

Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander inspects an honour guard during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are on a State Visit to Britain. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

It is not clear if she will be joined by her husband Prince Philip, 97, who has largely retired from public life.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, foreground, and Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander, wait for Queen Maxima and Prince Charles upon their arrival at Buckingham Palace, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. The Dutch king and queen began a state visit to Britain that will include full ceremonial honors. (Peter Nicholls/Pool Photo via AP)

It is the third time the queen has hosted the Dutch royal family for a state visit. The most recent was in 1982.

Source: The Associated Press

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